Composer and violinist Thomas Dougherty (b. 1990) is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and is serving as Acting Section Violin with the San Diego Symphony during the 2019-20 season.
Mr. Dougherty received his Master of Music degree in composition from Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music and his Bachelor’s degrees in both composition and violin performance from the Eastman School of Music. He is currently a doctoral candidate at USC’s Thornton School of Music, where he has studied composition with Andrew Norman and Sean Friar, and violin with Lina Bahn.
As a violinist, Mr. Dougherty has performed with the San Diego Symphony, Pacific Symphony, Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra, Kinetic Conductorless Orchestra, Thornton Edge, Wild Up and Musiqa. He served as concertmaster of the Eastman Philharmonia in 2012 and 2013, was awarded First Prize in the 2014 Music for Mt. Lebanon Keynotes Competition, and was a Da Camera of Houston Young Artist from 2013-15.
In 2016 and 2017 Thomas Dougherty was a recipient of two ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards. Over the past several years, Mr. Dougherty’s music has been performed by Modern Violin Ensemble, Alarm Will Sound, the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, Aspen Conducting Academy Orchestra, Thornton Symphony Orchestra, Shepherd School Symphony Orchestra and Eastman Philharmonia.